Racing: Black Caviar wins 25th race in a row

Trainer irked Black Caviar will not step out until final race, when track will be at its worst.

Black Caviar should notch her 25th win on Saturday.  Photo / Getty Images
Black Caviar should notch her 25th win on Saturday. Photo / Getty Images

Australian mare Black Caviar won the 25th consecutive race of her illustrious career, breaking out of a tight pack about 500 meters from the finish to win the 1,200-meter T. J. Smith Stakes on Saturday by two lengths.

Before a capacity crowd of 25,000 at Royal Randwick, Black Caviar, with regular rider Luke Nolen aboard, went off at odds of about $AU1.15 to pay on a $AU1 wager in the $AU1 million race.

It was the six-year-old sprinter's third win since coming back from an eight-month injury layoff in February and an Australian-record 15th Group One victory overall.

Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England, on June 23 of last year and faced possible retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot. But laser therapy and exercise enabled her to return to the track for another season.

"She's a special horse and words escape me,'' Nolen said. "I'm not a wordsmith or a very well-educated man by any stretch but she totally touches me.

You can see what she means to racing and to be a part of it just blows you away.''

Black Caviar increased her career earnings to more than $AU8 million.

Trainer Peter Moody said before the race that he would not rule out future Australian races for Black Caviar in Adelaide and Brisbane or a return to England.

- AAP

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